Permanent Veterinary Surgeon

  • Location

    West Sussex

  • Sector:

    Veterinary Surgeon

  • Job type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Salary:

    Competitive - Dependent on Experience

  • Contact:

    Harriet Noble

  • Contact email:

  • Job ref:

    JN -032018-1548

  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Expiry date:


We are currently looking for a permanent full-time Veterinary Surgeon for a friendly small animal practice in West Sussex.


The Practice:

Our client is nestled between the South Downs and the sea and are a Tier 2 RCVS accredited practice. They are 100% small animal 3 centre practice, who see a lot of wildlife and exotics and have mod cons including digital X-ray, Endoscopy and Ultrasound. They are proud to be able to provide their own 24-hour care. You will be working alongside 13 veterinary surgeons and 12 qualified veterinary nurses, 7 trainee nurses, an animal technician, 11 receptionists, 2 practice managers and 2 administrative assistants, who pride themselves on being a very personal approachable practice.


The Role:

The role is full-time position working 40 hours a week over 4 days shifts of 8 am - 6 pm or 8 am – 7 pm. The out of hour requirements are currently 1 night in 11.5 (with an extra vet this will be 1 in 12.5). You will cover 1 bank holiday in approximately every 18 months. The out of hours commission, which is half or whatever the consultation fee is to the client this will depend on the time of the call out, but emergency consultation fees outside normal hours start at £140.


Weekends are currently on a rota of 2 Saturdays in 11.5 weeks and 1 Sunday in 11.5 weeks (again, with an extra vet this will be 2 in 12.5 and 1 in 12.5). If you are working a Saturday, Friday night will be on-call before, and if working the Sunday, the Sunday night will also be on-call. 


The Candidate:

The ideal candidate will be confident, friendly and a good communicator. New graduates are considered. The practice is part of the Vetsure Graduate program and have already taken on several new graduates in the past.


In return, the practice is offering a competitive salary dependent on experience, plus benefits such as VDS cover, CPD, plus five weeks holiday per year, your birthday day off (or closest day to it) and bank holidays (apart from one per year). There is a full social calendar including awesome Christmas parties, annual camping trip, days out and summer BBQs as well as putting on their own annual Fun Day and Dog show. 

The practice is offering a good work life balance and excellent package for the right person



Role: Veterinary Surgeon

Type: Small animal

Hours: Full time

Weekends: 2 in 12.5 Saturdays and 1 in 12.5 Sundays

Out of hours: 1:12.5

Sole charge: Yes some may be required

Branch work: Yes 

Consults: 10 minutes, 5 per hours so averages out around 12 minutes

Accommodation: Yes, a shared flat, pets are possible but will need to get on with a cat.

Salary: Competitive - Dependent on experience

Ref: JN -032018-1548


To qualify for this position, you must be fully registered with the RCVS and you must be eligible to work in the UK.


What happens next: Click APPLY to apply for this role and a member of our team will be in touch if you have been successful.

To discuss the role in more details:

Please call or email our team to discuss the specific details for this role such as practice details, exact location, salaries or any other queries you may have. Please also quote reference JN -032018-1548 when enquiring about this vacancy.


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